One of the great attributes of an old neighbourhood is the front porch.
What neighbourhoods have been under the scrutiny of Ottawa’s planning department most.
Which areas are experiencing traffic problems recently?
Why Lansdowne, Little Italy and the old west end.
Hintonburg has gone a long way toward becoming an attractive neighbourhood in which to live.
Wellington Street through the neighbourhood is becoming one of the trendiest avenues in Ottawa. Whether that’s good or not is really a question for another day but it is better than the rundown blocks of the past.
Hintonburg will be getting another giant tower.
Here is an excerpt from the decision. A PDF of the entire decision is at the end of this post:
Community activist Jay Baltz says a $5 campaign donation limit doesn’t work.
I certainly agree with the spirit of this, but there are problems with the specific proposal.
To be transparent, I was a member of the core campaign team for Jeff Leiper’s successful bid to unseat Katherine Hobbs (which did not accept donations from developers, either corporations or as individuals). I was also the lead organizer of the initiative two years ago where more than 30 community groups called for reforms of urban planning practices in Ottawa, including eliminating the dominance of developer donations. Here, I am speaking only for myself, of course.
Don Monet’s Cube Gallery is on Wellington Street West near Smirle Avenue.
Hello … Don? Don are you there? Get your bearings buddy. Figure out exactly where you are.
When Ottawa Magazine did a series of features in its September edition on downtown neighbourhoods, its people consulted with a number of community experts.
Too many things are going wrong at Ottawa City Hall.
The $8-million fiasco that is the result of the green-bin audit is part of a dreadful series of mistakes at Ottawa City Hall that is an embarrassment for public servants, politicians and taxpayers themselves.
Missing paperwork and misinformation on the organics program sent the way of council is completely inappropriate but something is much worse than this mess. That is bad and sometimes multi-million-dollar screwups are becoming the norm at city hall.
Oh lookie here.
What would be a holiday weekend in Ottawa be when absolutely no one is home (‘cept The Bulldog and a few shut-ins) without an emailed newsletter from the God, queen and empress of Kitchissippi Katie Hobbs.
Hello again, councillor.
While those of us who’ve been following the political scene since Napoleon crowned himself the grand fromage in France, sending out an email on one of the quietest days of the year might appear unwise. But not to our Katie. She’s using some highly sophisticated political strategy that is, as yet, uncharted. Our Kate, pushing the political envelope yet again … in an election year to boot.
A mismatch to be sure:
Saw your post on this (Hobbs Finds Bus Detour ‘Solutions’).
Worse, maybe, than sending the announcement out on election day, is that she scheduled her campaign launch for the exact same time as the public meeting (http://www.votekatherinehobbs.ca/news/) on the light-rail bus detour. This whole bus thing follows Councillor Hobbs’ usual pattern.
So what is one of the most controversial topics in Ottawa at present?
The neighbours are up in arms.
This is a release from the City of Ottawa. It’s doubtful this will placate opponents in the effected neighbourhood, nor should it.
OC Transpo will reduce the number of buses operating along the Scott/Albert Transitway detour by up to 18% during peak periods when the detour is in effect from 2016-2018. This detour is required as part of the Confederation Line light rail transit (LRT) project.
Wellington West has spruced up nicely with interesting restaurants and shops, but of course as the curse of the old west end expands, high-rises are tending to strip the character from the two neighbourhoods.
Here’s where Mayor Jim Watson’s priorities reside.
That stopped the trucks and the profits and jobs that would have accrued from the $1-billion bridge plus about $2.5 billion in economic activity resulting from the spending multiplier.
The tone that the mayor is taking with residents is surprising. For Watson to blame residents for not knowing the details of the city’s plans for bus detours seems like poor politics at best, and contempt at worst.
Watson cannot expect residents in that area, most of whom lead very busy lives, to know about six references to detouring buses down Scott and Albert while the LRT project is under construction in the omnibus light-rail report of Dec. 2012.
This week Bulldog Ottawa readers had a blast debating whether residents should boycott development public meetings.
Your agent says they are just dog-and-pony shows where people go through the motions of listening to resident and then do what they please. While most Bulldoggians don’t disagree with that premise, some feel people should go to meetings to pressure the city and developers.
And that’s where the debate begins:
Detours for light-rail construction didn’t get a fair public hearing.
Contrition. That’s something you don’t hear very often from the City of Ottawa.
Seventy per cent of commuters in Canada take the car. That’s no doubt reasonably characteristic of Ottawa, as well.
Hobbs has been pushing out media releases lately like a printing press. She looks as though she is getting professional political advice like last time out.
Gray and Corbett also talk about congested traffic in the area on CFRA with the coming of many new high-rises.
The podcast player for the broadcast is below: